JASON BONHAM LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE
University of Buffalo Center for the Arts
In the Name of the Father
was 30 years ago this past September 25th a day that will
live in infamy in the annuls of Rock & Roll as JOHN
HENRY "Bonzo" BONHAM
was suddenly & sadly lost to the music masses. As
if this tragedy wasn't enough to bear for Family &
Friends, the powerfully precise Drummer's untimely death
ultimately ended the reign of the Mighty LED ZEPPELIN.
legacy didn't end with the celebrated ZEPPELIN
body of work; he also left behind a son named JASON
who would one day follow in his footsteps; a career path
that would be filled with lofty expectations & unavoidable
comparisons to his legendary lineage.
In the years that followed JASON BONHAM has carved
out more than a respectable career at the age of 44 sporting
several High Hats, fronting his own Band BONHAM
for nearly a decade as well as joining established Groups
the likes of UFO & MICK JONES
with whom he recorded & toured with up until 2008.
Since leaving FOREIGNER
to pursue other musical endeavors BONHAM has been
incredibly busy to say the least. In between two legs
of the LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE
Tour, which commenced this past fall, he's kept right
on rolling along recording two Albums in less then a year
with BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION featuring legendary
Metal vocalist GLENN HUGHES & Guitar virtuoso
JOE BONAMASSA. Music's newest old school Rockers
are set to follow up their critically acclaimed BCC 1
with the release of BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION 2 on
June 14th. BONHAM & company will be hitting
the road in June in support of BCC 2 with a handful
of select U.S. Dates before embarking on a European Summer
Festival Circuit. Visit www.bccommunion.com
for dates & Ticket information.
If that's not enough pedal
pounding BONHAM most recently managed to sprinkle
in a handful of U.K dates Drumming for the Voice of BAD
COMPANY PAUL RODGERS solo Band accompanying longtime
HEART Guitarist HOWARD LEESE & booming
Bassist LYNN SORENSON.
It only seems appropriate that Buffalo, NY would make
the JASON BONHAM LED ZEPPELIN
Experience Tour as this City & LED ZEPPELIN
have had quite the tumultuous history.
Buffalo has hosted many a memorable evening musically
over the years, but two tickets that were sadly never
torn at the turnstile occurred on August 6th 1977 when
the LED ZEPPELIN show scheduled for Rich Stadium
was cancelled due to the
tragic death of ROBERT PLANT'S son Karac.
Buffalo once again felt
the Hammer of the Rock Gods as the November 1st 1980 Tour
date at Memorial Auditorium was cancelled
due to the untimely death of ZEPPELIN drummer JOHN
It's been over thirty years
since those somber turn of events occurred, now 2011 finds
JASON BONHAM sharing his Fathers memory and musical
legacy with the Celebration that is the JASON
BONHAM LED ZEPPELIN Experience.
From the moment BONHAM
stepped on stage his enthusiasm & passion were infectious
as his Band tore through several gems from the early LED
ZEP collection. It's clear that the veteran Drummer
is as humbled & awe struck as the fans while performing
the songs, that didn't stop him from absolutely abusing
the skins throughout the night as his kit rumbled like
Music was accompanied by several video segments from the
BONHAM home movie library which brought cheers,
tears & laughter throughout the night.
While each member
of LED ZEPPELIN is virtually impossible to emulate
one of the most insurmountable tasks is to find someone
to fill the Tall Cool shoes of ROBERT PLANT. JASON
BONHAM like many other Bands such as JOURNEY &
YES turned to You Tube to find vocalist JAMES DYLAN.
nailed it capturing the intensity of each song; while
he may not sport the locks of "Percy" he most
certainly possessed the potent primal scream of PLANT.
Guitarist TONY CATANIA played with a fury throughout
the evening breaking out the bow & double neck for
"Dazed & Confused" & "Since I've
Been Loving You".
He too is no stranger
to the tour circuit; CATANIA has been with JASON
BONHAM for quite some time with recording credits
on BONHAM'S "When You See the Sun" &
"In The Name of My Father". CATANIA has
also toured with RONNIE JAMES DIO, IRON MAIDEN
Front man BRUCE DICKINSON & The SCORPIONS
A few of the many highlights
of the show were a spine tingling rendition of "Moby
Dick" as the wonders of technology once again
played a part with JASON seated at the right hand
of his Father playing simultaneously via a movie screen.
"Thank You" included
a reflective montage of never before seen home movies
from the BONHAM family archives; throughout the
show JASON truly seemed touched by the spirit of
his Father & Family.
the evening commenced BONHAM shared some behind
the scenes footage from December 10th 2007 the date of
the now famous O2 Arena Reunion show; the long awaited
gathering of the surviving members of LED ZEPPELIN
performing with JASON BONHAM proudly sitting at
the kit representing his Father.
can only surmise what emotions flowed through BONHAM
on that night as he shared the stage & the music with
his Dad's longtime mates; one thing is for certain he
continues to do himself & the BONHAM Legacy proud.
The Band closed out the
night with JASON BONHAM pumping his chest shouting
"From us to You, with a "Whole Lotta Love".
While long overdue and if
only for a few hours the Mighty LED ZEPPELIN finally
took flight here in Buffalo.
The Rock Rapport would like
to Thank Bari Lieberman from MSO PR. We would also
like to Thank Thom Jennings & Gus Griesinger of www.backstageaxxess.com
for sharing their set list & photos.
Lastly we would like to
Thank the fine folks from the University of Buffalo Center
for the Arts Staff.
Rock and Roll Celebration
Your Time is Gonna Come
Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
What is and What Should Never Be
The Lemon Song
Dazed and Confused
Moby Dick w/ drum solo
I'm Gonna Crawl
Since I've Been Loving You
The Rain Song
Over the Hills and Far Away
Stairway to Heaven
Whole Lotta Love